Could you discuss a loved one’s cardiac arrest in Spanish?

We recently launched a new series of interactive audio lessons that are designed to provide you with the Spanish language skills necessary to communicate with family about their loved one’s cardiac arrest in Spanish. This comprehensive training has been tailored to meet the needs of EMTs, paramedics, and hospital providers, ensuring clear and effective communication during critical life-saving situations.

Collaboration to ensure authentic and effective communication

We based these lessons on four real-life scenarios suggested by¬†Ben from Maryland, a dedicated paramedic and member of docmolly.com!¬†Thus, they mirror emergency medical providers’ daily challenges, making your learning experience highly practical.¬†

I worked closely with¬†my Spanish teacher from Mexico,¬†Daniela Grave, to write and record each lesson.¬†Daniela’s expertise in Spanish and its nuances ensures we are learning authentic and accurate Spanish.¬†

Effective Interactive Learning

I craft each lesson with the busy medical provider in mind, because I am one of you! 

Learn While You Walk

You are an active participant in each audio lesson, ideal for learning while walking the dog or on your commute.

Quiz & Flashcards

At the end of each lesson, we provide a Quizlet set, that you can customize to your individual learning style and level. 

POC Resource

Download the PDF for each lesson for convenient review while on the job.

Level: Intermediate and Above

Based on member feedback, the lessons in this series are presented primarily in Spanish. Take a walk in the woods and immerse yourself in the Spanish language as you learn a valuable skill that will make your job more rewarding.

Lesson Schedule

This series will include¬†four out-of-hospital cardiac arrest scenarios. We’ll begin each scenario with a free lesson where Daniela and I act out the clinical encounter in Spanish, followed by an interactive review of the essential vocabulary. Following the free lesson, we’ll publish one to two premium lessons, where you’ll have the chance to interpret each line of the encounter from English to Spanish. During these interpretation exercises, Daniela and I delve into the grammar and language nuances ensuring that we comprehend and retain the Spanish required for our work.

We have already published the first free and premium lesson in this series. New lessons will be published each week until we complete the series!

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EMS Encounter 1: Too Late for CPR (published) 

In the first encounter, we address a challenging scenario where the patient is already in rigor mortis. You’ll learn how to explain why you are not initiating CPR in Spanish.¬†

Emergencies, Free Medical Spanish

Spanish for Paramedics: Cardiac Arrest, Too Late for CPR

This is the first of 4 scenarios where the paramedics respond to an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. In this first scenario, the patient is already in rigor mortis, and the paramedics must explain why they are not initiating CPR.

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EMS Encounter 2: Continuing CPR en Route to Hospital (published) 

In the second encounter, family members have initiated CPR on their unresponsive loved one, and the paramedics take over. Learn to communicate effectively in Spanish that the patient’s heart is not yet beating on its own, but there are signs of potential recovery, and you will continue CPR en route to the hospital.

Emergencies, Free Medical Spanish

Spanish for Paramedics: CPR en Route to Hospital

This is the second of 4 scenarios where the paramedics respond to an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. In this secon scenario, the patient is already in rigor mortis, and the paramedics must explain why they are not initiating CPR.

Listen to the lesson!
EMS Encounter 3: Stopping CPR (published)

In the third encounter, we tackle the critical decision to stop CPR after 30 minutes without electrical cardiac activity. You’ll gain the language skills necessary to convey in Spanish the resuscitation efforts up to that point, the lack of observable positive effects, and the difficult decision to stop CPR.

Emergencies, Free Medical Spanish

When You Have to Stop Resuscitation in Spanish

Learn how to explain interventions performed during advanced cardiac life support and the decision to stop resuscitation in Spanish.

Listen to the lesson!

Emergencies, Premium Medical Spanish

EMS04 Interpretemos: Stopping CPR

Let’s Interpret the first half of the clinical encounter: “Stopping CPR.”

Listen to the lesson!

Emergencies, Premium Medical Spanish

EMS05 Interpretemos: Stopping CPR

Let’s Interpret the second half of the clinical encounter: “Stopping CPR.”

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EMS Encounter 4: Achieving ROSC! (coming soon) 

Finally, in our fourth encounter, we celebrate a triumph in emergency medicine. At arrival, the paramedics take over CPR from the family and achieve ROSC (return of spontaneous circulation). We explain to the family that their loved one’s heart is now beating on its own again but that we still need to support breathing as we transport them to the hospital.

What you will learn from this series: 

  • Introduce yourself and your role as the paramedic in charge of the patient’s care.¬†
  • Explain the maneuvers performed during advanced cardiac life support in a natural language that the family will understand.¬†¬†
  • Explain the patient’s status and rationale for decisions as you care for their loved one.¬†
  • Explain the difficult decision not to attempt CPR or to stop resuscitation efforts.¬†
  • Express sympathy and encouragement.¬†
  • Give instructions regarding transport to the hospital.¬†
  • And more!¬†

Prepare for real-world emergencies, enhance your medical Spanish proficiency, and become a more effective emergency provider with our interactive audio lessons. Let’s embark on this educational journey together!

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